Parents facing ‘unfair child abuse claims’ over bruising

Parents are being investigated for possible child abuse because of the misinterpretation of guidelines on bruising in babies, it’s claimed. Official guidelines from health watchdog NICE for hospital workers suggest such bruising is very uncommon. University of Central Lancashire research suggested the guidelines mean social services are investigating parents too often. Its research said more […]

US soldier gets world’s first penis and scrotum transplant

Image copyrightJOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINEImage captionDr Andrew Lee (second from left) and his team at Johns Hopkins University A team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world’s first total transplant of a penis and scrotum. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by […]

Long-lasting depression may alter your brain

The brain alters after years of persistent depression, suggesting the need to change how we think about depression as it progresses, a new study has revealed. The research shows people with longer periods of untreated depression, lasting more than a decade, had significantly more brain inflammation compared to those who had less than 10 years […]

Vegetarian, Mediterranean diet may keep heart diseases at bay

Consuming a form of vegetarian diet, which includes eggs and dairy but excludes meat and fish, may be just as effective as a Mediterranean diet in reducing the risk of heart diseases and stroke, researchers have claimed. A lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet is a kind of vegetarian diet that includes animal products such as eggs and dairy […]

‘Happy space suits’ may prevent depression in astronauts

Scientists are developing ‘happy space suits’ that can monitor symptoms of depression in astronauts, and provide real time feedback to improve the atmosphere of the spacecraft as well as boost the occupants’ mood. Depression is a major problem in space, as astronauts can be adversely affected by factors like insufficient exercise, excessive exposure to light […]

Daffodils extract may help combat cancer

Scientists have found that a natural alkaloid extracted from Daffodils has anti-cancer properties, in an advance that may help improve treatments for the deadly disease. The researchers led by Denis Lafontaine, from the Universite libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, extracted a natural anti-cancer compound from Daffodils (Amaryllidaceae Narcissus) which can help shut down the “nanomachines” […]

Simple urine test may predict biological age, death

  A simple urine test may determine how much people are getting older biologically, an advance that could help predict the risk of developing age-related disease and even death. The findings showed that a substance indicating oxidative damage increases in urine as people get older. This new marker potentially provides a method to measure how […]

Cardiac arrest vs heart attack: What’s the difference?

The terms “Heart attack” and “Cardiac arrest” are often used interchangeably. However, medically speaking, the two imply completely different heart conditions. Here’s a simple decoding of the two to help you understand why they are not synonymous. What is a cardiac arrest? Cardiac arrests can occur suddenly without any sort of warning. They are triggered […]

4 health tips to help students perform well in exam season

It’s that time of the year when both students and parents feel “exam pressure”. Students are under pressure to perform their best, but doing so requires a balanced approach to health, in addition to consistent studying. This balanced approach helps students boost their memory and remember what they have studied. Dr. Hariprasad, Ayurveda Expert, The […]

Paralysed woman’s life-sustaining treatment ‘can end’, judge rules

A paralysed elderly woman whose care became the focus of a family dispute can have her life-sustaining treatment discontinued, a judge has ruled. The 72-year-old was left “minimally conscious” after suffering an aneurysm following a fall in 2016. Doctors wanted artificial feeding to continue but relatives were divided. A judge concluded the woman would have […]